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post #1 of 5 Old Jan 11th, 2019, 1:22 am Thread Starter
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K1200LT Cam Chain Guide

My ride is a 2006 K1200LT. It's a young adult in mileage with 41k. It's in great shape and I intend to hold onto it for a long time to come. LOVE the bike. I keep all my vehicles well maintained, and I've done all the recommended maintenance on this bike except one thing. The K motor has a cam chain tensioner made of plastic that BMW recommends replacement at 36,000 miles. Long Beach BMW says it will cost $2200 to do the work! Not happy BMW didn't put a longer lasting tensioner in. My gut feeling is it will last at least 50k miles... Does anyone have input and recommend I get this done soon? I know it wouldn't be pretty if it breaks apart. Or any recommendations where to get the work done less expensively in the L.A. area? Thanks!

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post #2 of 5 Old Jan 11th, 2019, 7:42 am
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Re: K1200LT Cam Chain Guide

Don't worry about that. It is just the guide rails they recommend not the actual tensioner. They sell a kit for $47.

It will not break and it still shows little wear at 110,000 miles. I am replacing it as I was in there anyway.

The amount of work and risk of damaging the front crank seal is not worth it at 40 K in my opinion.
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Re: K1200LT Cam Chain Guide

I have 74K on my LT and based on Johnís results and similar comments from others, I am not touching mine until I have to pull that cover for some other reason. Unless I get to maybe 150,000 miles and then I might start to think about it.
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Re: K1200LT Cam Chain Guide

I have 197,000 miles on my 2004 & I'm not worried about it.
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Re: K1200LT Cam Chain Guide

Thank you for the replies fellow LT riders. It's what I hoped to hear. I donít intend to touch it.

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